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Welcome to Equity's Directors' area

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Equity supports theatre directors throughout their working lives, providing help with contracts, pay and professional development.

Did you realise that Equity will represent individual directors who may be experiencing difficulties such as breach of contract claims? We have intervened in numerous cases on behalf of our members for non payment and been successful in ensuring that they have been paid the money due to them. Legal costs can be very expensive and being a member of Equity means that these are all paid for you.

Equity’s theatre directors’ committee
Equity’s theatre directors’ committee, now almost in its 40th year, boasts some of the finest names in the industry as former members, such as Richard Eyre, former artistic director of the National Theatre and Michael Attenborough, the previous artistic director of the Almeida. The committee is consistently at the forefront of negotiating contracts for theatre directors. It has worked on behalf of directors in the major subsidised companies, subsidised and non-subsidised repertory companies, commercial theatre, the fringe, opera and drama schools, as well as the first Equity contract for directors in the West End and No. 1 touring theatre and with the ITC, small and medium scale theatre.

Fighting for the arts
Equity is a campaigning union with a long track record of taking the issues that matter to directors working in theatre, to parliament and other centres of influence. We continue to fight vigorous campaigns against arts cuts and we would really welcome your input and support.

Michael Grandage

“As theatre directors we work all the time with companies of actors, but as professionals we can sometimes feel a little isolated ourselves. Equity is an important collective voice and champions the role of directors. The union is fighting to defend jobs and conditions in theatre and its vision is to give creative teams greater influence in the running of arts organisations. I believe that the more theatre directors that join Equity, the greater influence we will have in maintaining the high quality of UK theatre. Equity will support you and, by joining the union, you will be supporting the future of theatre, one of the UK’s greatest success stories.”
Michael Grandage, Director

Find out more
Contact Virginia Wilde by phone on 020 7670 0239 or email her at:
Go to the Theatre Directors' Committee page.